Electronic Architecture was composed in the late-1980s using an Amiga 500 computer. The intended performance medium was the computer (in much the same way the reel-to-reel tape deck was the performance medium for electronic music in the 1960s and 1970s). During this period and well into the 1990s, Burke composed a number of complex contrapuntal pieces using music programs for the Amiga. By 1994, however, he started transcribing these pieces into score form for traditional instruments. With the exception of a few restored audio tapes, most of the original recordings have been lost.